Australian Left Review

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Afghanistan - why Soviet intervention?


Denis Freney


Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has led to many conflicting views and stands. We must first ask why the Soviets intervened. Yet much o f the debate has taken place without any investigation or study o f the evidence. The Soviet explanation has been given many times. President Leonid Brezhnev on January 14 outlined his view in an interview with Pravda: “The unceasing armed intervention, the well-advanced plot by external forces of reaction created a real threat that Afghanistan would lose its independence and be turned into an imperialist military bridgehead on our country’s southern border.”